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Utah governor optimistic Trump will give states flexibility

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s coming away from a meeting in Washington with President Donald Trump optimistic that the new president will give states more power and prune federal regulations that burden businesses. Herbert spoke to reporters Tuesday by phone from Washington, where he and […]

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New Mexico tribes pressure feds on drilling in Chaco region

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders from the nation’s largest Native American reservation and pueblos throughout New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers to curb oil and gas development in the northwest corner of the state. The Navajo Nation has sent a letter to the Bureau of Land […]

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Utah man gets prison for causing crash while taking picture

(Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to driving drunk and rear-ending another vehicle while trying to take a picture of the sunset, causing one of the other car’s passengers to die and injuring […]

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After caucus chaos, lawmaker wants Utah to pay for primaries

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker wants to ensure the state will pay for and run presidential primaries after Utah opted not to run one last year and Democrats running their own caucuses were overwhelmed with hours-long lines and ballot shortages. Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, is sponsoring a […]

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Swallow defense witnesses begin in influence-peddling trial

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A political public affairs consultant is testifying that ex-Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s campaign finance reports seemed common for a person seeking statewide office. Gary Marx spoke Tuesday as a defense witness during the influence-peddling trial for Swallow. Swallow denies accusations that he took campaign […]

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Herbert to outdoor show: ‘We’re going to have to part ways’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly released audio recording of a conference call about the future of a lucrative outdoor retailer show in Utah reveals that Gov. Gary Herbert refused to acquiesce to demands from heavy hitters of the outdoor industry to abandon his push to have the Bears […]

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Bill Calls For More Testing For Teachers

(Salt Lake City, UT) — A bill moving through the state House requires teachers to take the equivalent of a board exam. Under the proposal, graduates of a university education program would have to pass a test of skills like lesson planning and classroom management. It would cost teachers up […]

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Huntsman Considered For Deputy Secretary Of State

(Salt Lake City, UT) — Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Junior is being considered for deputy secretary of state. “The Wall Street Journal” reports Trump is now looking at Huntsman for the State Department post after passing on Elliot Abrams. The Journal says Abrams was turned down because he was […]

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The Latest: Liquor bill to allow open or walled off buffer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah-based Mormon church appears supportive of a proposal to overhaul liquor laws in the state. Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a statement Monday that the bill appears to make “an admirable attempt” to address […]

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Woman killed, 17-car pileup closes part of I-15 in Utah

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A 17-vehicle pileup in snowy conditions in northern Utah closed a stretch of U.S. Interstate 15 in Provo, and a 37-year-old woman was killed in a separate crash on I-15 a few miles away in Orem. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce told The (Provo) Daily […]

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